Cameron, Simon (1799-1889) to Robert G. White
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05891.11
Author/Creator: Cameron, Simon (1799-1889)
Place Written: Washington, D.C.
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 30 January 1860
Pagination: 1 p. ; 20.5 x 16.5 cm.
Summary of Content: Discusses the upcoming Republican Presidential Convention in Chicago, at which he is a delegate. Worries that the plan to have the delegates vote by district, and not as a coalition, will greatly weaken his power and reduce his support among the delegates from his home state of Pennsylvania. Marked ”Confidential.” Cameron served as Secretary of War under Lincoln from 1861-1862. He also served a number of terms as a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania (1845-1849; 1857-1861; 1867-1877). Cameron remained a power broker in national and Pennsylvania politics throughout his life. White, a district court judge in Pennsylvania, was a friend and political ally.
Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860
Background: Robert G. White was a district court judge in Pennsylvania.
LOC Search Terms: United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865., United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns., United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military personnel--Union., Generals--Union., Generals--United States--History--19th century.Order Image